Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Acquired by HBO for North America
Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Acquired by HBO for North America

HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and will air the documentary in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6.

In the film, Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his beginnings in Liverpool through his years as a musician, philanthropist and filmmaker.

Home movies and photographs that have never been circulated before are complemented by interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart.

In late September, Abrams Books will publish "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," a personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries and memorabilia overseen by Harrison's widow, Olivia. The book release is intended to coincide with Scorsese's film.

Scorsese produced the film with Olivia and Nigel Sinclair, CEO of Exclusive Media Group, which includes the documentary production outfit Spitfire Pictures. Exclusive Films International, the international sales and marketing arm of Exclusive, represents worldwide rights, excluding the U.S. Scott Pascucci serves as executive producer for Grove Street and is coordinating all aspects of the film's distribution for Grove Street.

Margaret Bodde served as executive producer on the film, which was edited by David Tedeschi, who previously worked with Scorsese, Bodde and Sinclair on "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," and with Scorsese on the Rolling Stones concert film "Shine a Light."